Martin: Lille are not afraid of Paris Saint-Germain

The 24-year-old insists he and his fellow team-mates do not feel threatened by their rivals, despite their spending spree, believing that French football will benefit from them

Lille midfielder Marvin Martin claims French clubs should not approach Paris Saint-Germain with fear this season, despite their considerable financial muscle.

The midfielder, who moved to the 2011 French champions from Sochaux for a undisclosed fee earlier in the summer, is desperate to pip the capital giants to the Ligue 1 title this season.

He also he believes that French football will only benefit from expensive acqusitions such as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, both whom arrived at Parc des Princes for a fee of around €62 million.

"Do not be jealous of the PSG," he told Maxifoot. "It will be good for Ligue 1 and France in terms of exposure across Europe. I am happy that Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic now play in France rather than Italy."

Martin also hit back at suggestions that PSG will have no challengers for the Ligue 1 title, saying that Lille are not afraid to fight with the favourites.

"I am ambitious. We are not afraid. I hope we will be their main challenger. This championship will be interesting in any case."

Lille travel to Saint-Etienne, while the Parisians are at home to Lorient on August 10.